Computer Science Research

Want to get involved in research that will help shape the world in which you’ll live and work? Boston University offers a wealth of opportunities for undergraduates as well as graduate students. You’ll participate in diverse, interdisciplinary research groups, actively pursuing solutions to challenges that impact not just computer science but the future of our society.

Notable research on critical topics

Our faculty, students, and research staff receive national and international recognition for the quality and impact of their scholarly work. You’ll find BU research on a wide range of topics appearing in publications at the most prominent venues. Our distinguished record includes exploration of all these key areas:

  • cryptography and information security
  • computer vision
  • data mining
  • electronic commerce
  • fault-tolerant computing
  • human-computer interfaces
  • network architectures and services
  • network security
  • operating systems
  • performance evaluation
  • programming languages
  • real-time systems
  • theory of computation and algorithms

The results of our creative research projects are making a difference in the real world every day—translated into original software, innovative startups, and patents developed with industrial partners.

Connecting with the right research projects

If you’re an undergraduate, Boston University offers two excellent programs to help you find a research project that suits your schedule and interests. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is a 10-week summer program of intensive learning and hands-on laboratory research. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Program connects students with faculty-mentored research projects and provides financial support.

The Computer Science Department has more than $24 million in active research grant funding from a broad spectrum of federal agencies and corporate partners. More than half of this funding supports faculty research involving interdisciplinary collaboration with other BU departments. We also maintain close associations with groups working on applied computing projects through the University-wide Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. Other interdisciplinary centers sponsoring collaborative CS projects include the Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS), the Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE), the Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology (CECB), BU’s program in Bioinformatics, and the National Center for Sign Language & Gesture Resources (NCSLGR).